News stories about Viacom (NASDAQ:VIA) have trended somewhat positive recently, Accern Sentiment reports. The research group identifies negative and positive media coverage by monitoring more than twenty million news and blog sources in real time. Accern ranks coverage of public companies on a scale of -1 to 1, with scores nearest to one being the most favorable. Viacom earned a coverage optimism score of 0.14 on Accern’s scale. Accern also gave media headlines about the company an impact score of 46.8178196517188 out of 100, meaning that recent media coverage is somewhat unlikely to have an effect on the company’s share price in the next several days.

These are some of the news stories that may have impacted Accern Sentiment Analysis’s rankings:

VIA has been the topic of several research reports. Citigroup lowered Viacom from a “neutral” rating to a “sell” rating in a report on Monday, October 9th. Loop Capital reaffirmed a “hold” rating and set a $27.00 price objective (down previously from $28.00) on shares of Viacom in a report on Wednesday, December 27th. One analyst has rated the stock with a sell rating, two have assigned a hold rating and three have issued a buy rating to the company. The stock currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $39.00.

Viacom (VIA) traded down $0.70 during midday trading on Wednesday, hitting $34.05. The company had a trading volume of 47,196 shares, compared to its average volume of 46,300. The company has a debt-to-equity ratio of 1.81, a quick ratio of 1.30 and a current ratio of 1.55. Viacom has a 52-week low of $28.20 and a 52-week high of $49.00. The stock has a market capitalization of $14,038.77, a price-to-earnings ratio of 7.29 and a beta of 1.43.

The business also recently declared a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Tuesday, January 2nd. Investors of record on Friday, December 15th were issued a dividend of $0.20 per share. This represents a $0.80 dividend on an annualized basis and a dividend yield of 2.35%. The ex-dividend date was Thursday, December 14th. Viacom’s dividend payout ratio is currently 17.13%.

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About Viacom

Viacom Inc offers global media brands that create television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, applications, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content. As of September 30, 2016, the Company offered its services for audiences in more than 180 countries.

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